Out Of The Box is a biennial festival for children under 8 in Brisbane, focusing on art, culture and music. With so many things to see and do, it’s hard to pick favourites and yet for you dear reader, I will. Here are my top 5 activities at the 2016 Out Of The Box festival.
Imagine the largest playgroup you’ve ever seen and you’d come pretty close to this room. There were mirrors, cushions, toys, books and crafts. A toddler Aladdin’s Cave – every time you thought you’d fully explored it, you’d turn a corner and find even cooler to play with.
An entire garden full of gongs, bells and singing bowls. It sounds like a toddler dream and a parental migraine and yet it was actually quite beautiful. It was a suprise how little noise there was in this space, even with twelve children hitting gongs with all their might. A highlight was the much quieter singing bowls,
It’s no secret to any parent that sometimes our little people just need a break. Thankfully, this space was perfectly set-up with giant bean bags and books – perfect for a bit of a time out from the excitement outside. I could have spent hours in here listening to the picture book readings. Reminds me of my own toddler days! As you can see, Bear absolutely had to sit in the chair and pretend to give his own reading.
Little Big Shots is Australia’s only international film festival for kids. It’s a new feature at the Out Of The Box festival, but I think it will be a regular from now on. With a series of different programs throughout the festival, there was something here for every little film critic. Each child had a little car to sit in and have a snack, creating a teeny drive-in. Seriously, how cute are these cars?
Touch & Go was our only paid event at the festival, and this was well worth the price. Created by Sally Chance & Heather Frahn, this was a musical performance designed especially for two year olds that invited them up to dance and move with the performers. I’d definitely eagerly go to any other performance that these guys put on. They took a simple concept and turned into something very cool. I’ve never had so much fun playing with masking tape!
The Out Of The Box Festival was held in Brisbane between 21-28 July 2016.